After bagging two Golden Guitars at the Australian Country Music Awards, The Wolfe Brothers are pumped for the return of the Bungendore Country Rocks Festival in September.
The country duo will turn up the heat alongside The Badloves, Thirsty Merc and a massive line-up of big name artists during the three-day festival at the Bungendore Showground from 2 to 4 September.
The brothers, Nick and Tom, are celebrating their 17th consecutive number one country single release in April and will rock the festival as part of their massive nationwide Startin’ Something tour.
Tom says he is looking forward to returning to Bungendore to play for their grassroots country fans.
“Playing festivals out in the sticks is the real highlight of what we do,” he says.
“There’s a level of appreciation that’s maybe not there in some of the city shows.
“When you play in the country you get to meet real salt-of-the-earth people. Honestly, it’s a bloody treat.”
The Country Rocks Festival attracts music-lovers from surrounding towns as well as Canberra, the Snowy Mountains and South Coast regions.
Tom hopes for a good turn-out to support small businesses that may have struggled during the COVID lockdowns.
“Events like these bring so much to country areas and everyone gets behind them,” he says.
“The accommodation, cafes and pubs are full – they bring life to the town.
“Pack the car, pack the ute, come along and enjoy live music. It will be a hell of a weekend for people to enjoy.”
Born and raised on the land in Tasmania, Tom says playing smaller festivals takes him back to his country roots.
“That’s where a lot of our songs and inspiration comes from. It’s where we’re from and who we are,” he adds.
Michael Bond, from Country Rocks, says last year’s inaugural event put Bungendore on the country music map and he hopes the 2022 festival will be bigger and better as people embrace the live music scene once again.
“We’re trying to build it up and move a bit more into a mix of rock and country,” Michael says.
“We’re hoping to double last year’s numbers and have some huge names hitting the stage.”
Busses will be running from Canberra and Queanbeyan, and camping will be available at the showground.
As well as putting on a fantastic show for the region, the festival will raise funds for local Rural Fire Service units and community groups.
Michael says the event will also support local emerging artists including Canberra singer song-writer Stewart Barton who is “kicking some goals”.
”We want to create a demand for live music and remind the fans that there are great artists out there just waiting for the chance to entertain you.”
Tickets are limited and are available from the festival website.